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      11-25-2014, 01:12 AM   #1
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Where are the good workshops at in Aus?

Keen to get a list of trusted workshops, Australia wide, that forum members have dealt with compiled together. Obviously a lot of the members here are from Syd/Melb so names like Advan, Active, Southern get thrown around but if anyone else has a place they would recommend please share.. I also get asked about places to recommend people in Canberra, Adelaide etc and have no idea so keen to hear from the more regional people as well.

Just list workshop name and suburb and I will google the rest of the info and update this first post

NSW / Sydney
Advan Performance
28 Hampstead Rd, Auburn, (02) 9648 3366
http://www.advanperformanceeuro.com.au/

Hills Eurohaus
74/4 Hoyle Ave, Castle Hill, (02) 9899 6618
http://www.hillseurohaus.com.au/

VIC / Melbourne
Active Motorwerke
96-98 Highbury Rd, Burwood, (03) 9808 4909
http://activemotorwerke.com.au/

Southern BM
2 Elna Ct, Moorabbin, (03) 9555 4049
http://southernbm.com.au/

Worx Automotive
353 Albert St, Brunswick, (03) 9387 4440
http://worxauto.com.au/

QLD / Brisbane
Rencal Motors
3/256-258 Musgrave Rd, Coopers Plains, (07) 3255 6134
http://www.rencalmotors.com.au/

QLD / Gold Coast

WA / Perth
Galvsport
2/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park, 0405 443 412
http://galvsport.com/

SA / Adelaide
BM Wise
32-34 Kintore St, Thebarton, (08) 8354 2028

Michael McMichael
29 Stepney St, Stepney, (08) 8362 4788
http://www.mybmw.com.au/contactus.htm

BM Connections
453a Greenhill Road, Tusmore, (08) 8333 3269
http://www.bmconnections.com.au/


ACT / Canberra
Anthony Costello Automotive
9 Albany Street, Fyshwick, (02) 6280 9233

Advanced Tech Automotive
91 Prospect Court, Phillip, (02) 6281 0866
http://advancedtechauto.com.au/

TAS / Hobart

NT / Darwin

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      11-25-2014, 02:00 AM   #2
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Rencal in Coopers Plains: Mechanic drives a shop modified 135i. Been there to do most mods recently. They have multiple loan cars. Great work. Finish the work in the quoted time. Can get after market parts quickly.
Westside BMW: Have done 2 sets of turbo swaps there. Quick email replies. Always finish the work on time. Installed after market FMIC, oil coolers, etc. When I gave them aftermarket LHD downpipes, they just marked with an "X" where I needed to weld a bung and I just took i to an exhaust shop in my lunch hour. Had the car returned in the quoted time. This is from a dealership!
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Rencal in Coopers Plains: Mechanic drives a shop modified 135i. Been there to do most mods recently. They have multiple loan cars. Great work. Finish the work in the quoted time. Can get after market parts quickly.
Westside BMW: Have done 2 sets of turbo swaps there. Quick email replies. Always finish the work on time. Installed after market FMIC, oil coolers, etc. When I gave them aftermarket LHD downpipes, they just marked with an "X" where I needed to weld a bung and I just took i to an exhaust shop in my lunch hour. Had the car returned in the quoted time. This is from a dealership!
great info and wow about Westside BMW, may have to have another thread about dealerships / service / warranty work

I've also dealt with Vince at Rencal but haven't met face to face!
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      11-25-2014, 02:47 AM   #4
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great info and wow about Westside BMW, may have to have another thread about dealerships / service / warranty work
Great thread Stuart
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      11-25-2014, 06:27 AM   #5
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      11-25-2014, 06:33 AM   #6
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Literally cannot recommend Advan to anyone now after speaking with Peter today. Been his client for 2 years, unbelievable how he treats his clients.

Thanks Peter I will take my business elsewhere.

FYI, if you want work done at Advan make sure there is no MISCOMMUNICATION , because there seems to be a lot of that at his workshop.
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      11-25-2014, 04:44 PM   #7
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Literally cannot recommend Advan to anyone now after speaking with Peter today. Been his client for 2 years, unbelievable how he treats his clients.

Thanks Peter I will take my business elsewhere.

FYI, if you want work done at Advan make sure there is no MISCOMMUNICATION , because there seems to be a lot of that at his workshop.
I am always happy to help, i think i have saved you several thousand $ over time with your ABS etc how short your memory can be when it suits.
Why is it that people think that because you own a BMW they are the best car on the planet.
Well truth be told guys they are not, they fail like anything else the electronics can be a nightmare.
So when something goes wrong who do you blame the MECHANIC, there is no misscommunication here its just one party wont listen.
When i know its not us i will say so, if it was us i am always happy to sort it out.
My customers that know me well, know i am a fair Business person and will go out of my way to help, sometimes a long way.
In your case you are a very rude person who wont listen or even try to understand what actuality goes on with your car.
If you cant find another shop that can help, you are always welcome back
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      11-25-2014, 06:21 PM   #8
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Anthony Costello Automotive
9 Albany Street, Fyshwick (02) 6280 9233
I had almost all of my mods/upgrades done here, incl the Quaife LSD install. Very knowledgeable with many ex-BMW techs.

Advanced Tech Automotive
91 Prospect Court, Phillip (02) 6281 0866
http://advancedtechauto.com.au/
More for regular maintenance, both owners are ex-BMW techs.
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My BMW is only ever touched by Advan performance. I use to take my s15 to Adcan back in the day when they were on silverware road.

I even remember when they use to have live camera feed into their work shop.

Bring that back Pete!!
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      11-25-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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good suggestions guys, keen to hear from the other states, SA, NT, Tassie
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      11-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #11
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My BMW is only ever touched by Advan performance. I use to take my s15 to Adcan back in the day when they were on silverware road.

I even remember when they use to have live camera feed into their work shop.

Bring that back Pete!!
Likewise! Only my own hands and Advan/BMR.
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Advan Performance All the way!
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      11-25-2014, 07:54 PM   #13
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      11-25-2014, 07:57 PM   #14
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add Worx to the Victorian section? been taking my car there ever since


353 Albert Street, Brunswick
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(03) 9387 4440

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I initially took my car to Advan on the recommendations from this forum, I haven't been disappointed.

Hope you never retire Peter.
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Only one place as far as I am concerned:
BM Connections
453a Greenhill Road Tusmore South Australia 5065
8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Service - (08) 8333 3269
Parts - (08) 8333 3769
Fax - (08) 8333 3769

Simon, Rob and all the staff and very knowledgeable, friendly and fair. Any work I have not done myself has been done here. All Ex-BMW Master Mechanics and Technicians.

Highly recommended.
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Prestige and Performance
25 Morley St, Coorparoo Qld 4151, (07) 33240611
www.prestigeandperformance.com.au
They carry out modifications as well as servicing.

Bayside Performance Services
U3/123 Russell St, Cleveland Qld 4163, (07) 34882911
www.bpsautos.com.au
Very good at tuning. The fellow that does the tuning has 25 yrs experience tuning Mercs, BMWs, Lambos, Ferraris, etc. They did the work and tuning on the Sherrin BMW135 that won the Australian Manufacturers Championship Class B in 2012. They did the Cobb custom tune in my car.

RX Automotive
5/30 Lensworth St, Coopers Plains Qld 4108, (07) 33458284
www.rxa.com.au
They modify and service BMWs. They have an E30 race car as well.
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I've heard of a few shops around Adelaide but have never taken my car there so can't accurately comment as I usually just haggle with Adelaide BMW. Only had a prepurchase done at Michael McMichael who comes recommended but his attitude can be hit or miss.
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For WA, Galvsport in Osborne Park.
Not BMW specialists but they have good attention to detail and always want to finish a job properly.
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BM Central,296 Barkly st. Brunswick,VIC
Manager-Rob Giacomelli.
Got my VCG and OFH gaskets done there for around $350 in labour.
Their labour rate is $99 p/h. did not object to me supplying own parts.
very good workmanship and very friendly staff.
And more importantly no more leaks.
Highly Recommend.

http://www.bmcentral.com.au/

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I think galvsports is more import car based.. Never got any replies on two occasions for my car.

BM techniks (bmw specialists)
http://www.bmtechniks.com.au/

Pace autowerks (euro specialists)
http://paceautowerks.com.au/


I cant remember the exact labourr rate/ph but pace was the cheapest.
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Adelaide Workshops

Adelaide Workshops

I have tried them all, each one good for different reasons.

Michael Mc Michael - Good but thinks he's the best. $150 per hour labour!

BM Wise - Frenly bunch, used to take my e30,34,36 there. I have only used them to fit accessories for the 335i so far

BM City - Big time conman IMO. Work may be good. Asked him to diagnose and quote some issues on my e30 ages ago and he pulled the head apart and gave me a quote. Obviously once its open you have to get it done! Work was good but I never went back

BM Service - Small one man show, great bloke, allows you to bring your own parts. Hve not used him but I know people who have and are very happy.

Enzos - Not a BMW specialist, does ferraris, porsches, vw's, mercs but is quite alright. Also happy to do work if you provide the parts. Good cbd location. Reasonable hourly rate.

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